This is another sought-after etching & drypoint by the celebrated marine artist, William Lionel Wyllie.
This fine, carefully observed etching shows a view of Musselburgh Harbour in East Lothian, just outside of Edinburgh (east of Portobello and Joppa).
The harbour was historically a fully functioning one - and Wyllie's etching shows fishing boats landing and their catch of herring being brought home. He captures the atmosphere of all the hustle and bustle of men working hard on the boats at the quayside.
Physically, the harbour has not changed very much since this etching was created in 1928 - apart from a general decline occurring in the Scottish fishing industry. Today, the harbour is used predominately by leisure craft and private sailing boats.
Wyllie was born in London in 1851. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools (1866-69), where he won the Turner Medal in his final year. He worked as a marine illustrator for the Graphic between 1870 and 1890.
Wyllie was Marine Painter to the Royal Yacht Squadron and the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, and did much work, including posters, for the Orient Company, the White Star Line and the Union-Castle Line.
Between 1924 and 1930 he worked on a fabulous panoramic oil painting depicting the Battle of Trafalgar for the Victory Museum, Portsmouth.
It is NOT a reproduction but an original pencil signed drypoint and etching.
As you can see from all my images - it is really a fine clean impression. The details are just exquisite and it is certainly an impression of museum quality.
It is in very good condition with no foxing or marks on the sheet. It will be sent to you framed in its original frame, as photographed.
Dimensions: Frame size 41 x 62.5 cm. Image size is 20 x 40.5 cm
Unpacked the framed etching is 2.1 kg.